June 2015

This page is dedicated to the residents of the Rincon Country Mobile Home Park
who kindly give of their time to assist with activities and events for the benefit of
their fellow neighbors. Each month, we will be spotlighting two volunteers so you
can get to know them better. We hope you will enjoy learning more about their
backgrounds and what motivates them. We sat down with Judy Cameron and Jan Stivers recently and discussed the following:
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Judy Cameron Picture

Judy Cameron

Judy Cameron

RCMHP: Where did you live before coming to Rincon Country MHP?

Judy: I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and then spent 20 years traveling (along the east coast and a tour in England) with my husband’s military duty and ended up in Tucson, which was a good place to stop. The east coast is hot and muggy in summer and the northwest is cold in the winter.

RCMHP: What made you decide to move into Rincon Country MHP?

Judy: After I retired, I traveled around for six years in my motor home all over the United States. When I wanted to settle down I chose an independent senior facility here in Tucson. However, that turned out to be not as independent as I thought it would be. Thus, I wanted to move where there were lots of activities. So I chose Rincon Country.

RCMHP: What made you decide to volunteer?

Judy: You might say my volunteering began when I was a teenager. My brother who was six years younger than me began playing in little league and my dad was the coach. I did the scorekeeping for the team. You may ask, “Was it really volunteering or just that my dad needed a scorekeeper?” I don’t know. I just know I was happy to do it. Then while my husband was in the military for 20 years and we were moving around, I found myself in a position to help others out in numerous ways. I remember quite often inviting single GI’s for dinner with us when they were unable to go home on holidays, etc. Plus, there were always people who needed help because family was not around. So I’d help watch kids, etc. I also volunteered to be in a couple of plays that were put on at the military bases.

RCMHP: Have you enjoyed your volunteer work?

Judy: Oh yes. You wouldn’t continue doing it if you didn’t enjoy it.

RCMHP: What would you say to get others interested in volunteering?

Judy: I’d say that volunteering keeps you young in that it keeps your mind and physical body working. Volunteering is a special experience.

RCMHP: What do you like to do with your spare time when not busy volunteering?

Judy: I like to watch television and read. The kind of things that make you a couch potato, so that’s why I volunteer.

RCMHP: Would you like to add anything else?

Judy: Only that volunteering can be considered a responsibility. It’s something that enhances our moral values, life expectations, health and welfare.

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Jan Stivers Picture

Jan Stivers

Jan Stivers

RCMHP: Where did you live before coming to Rincon Country MHP?

Jan: I lived in Iowa where I was a 911 operator.

RCMHP: What made you decide to move into Rincon Country MHP?

Jan: I had visited Rincon for three weekends one May (my sister lived in the park) and I fell in love with the park. The pool, the mountain views. It was such a beautiful park and I felt so comfortable here. Then I fell in love with Tucson.

RCMHP: What made you decide to volunteer?

Jan: Volunteering has been a big part of my life. One of my favorite quotes is by an unknown author which reads, “Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.” I’ve not had a lot to give but my time and energy. So that’s why I volunteer. I’ve donated my time to my church and other areas and have continued on through life. And for activities or whatever to work in this park we need volunteers. So my hope is that when others see me volunteering they will be motivated to volunteer, as well.

RCMHP: Have you enjoyed your volunteer work?

Jan: Yes I have. Very much. It’s been such a joy to meet new people this way. Plus, it makes me feel more a part of this community. However, there are times I have to admit that I’m totally exhausted and that’s why we need more volunteers.

RCMHP: What would you say to get others interested in volunteering?

Jan: Mainly that it’s a good way to interact with and meet new people. Also, the more volunteers the less work any one individual has to do.

RCMHP: What do you like to do with your spare time when not busy volunteering?

Jan: I would love to be in the pool more and spend time with my dog Riley. I also enjoy spending time with friends. I enjoy people so much.

RCMHP: Would you like to add anything else?

Jan: Just that living in Rincon Country is better than living in a neighborhood. It’s like a community. We’re all here for each other. It’s awesome. It’s just a great place to be.

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